Practise speaking like a native with Busuu’s Conversation feature

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You learn a language to speak it, right?

It might seem like stating the obvious; but it’s easy to forget the reason you started learning all that vocab and grammar was so you could become comfortable using it

Out there, in the real world. Communicating with real-life people. 


Want to take your language skills to the next level? 

Perfect your speaking skills by having “Conversations” with Busuu’s community of native speakers.


How Busuu’s Conversation feature boosts your language skills

Say you’re learning English.

You’re knee-deep in learning how to conjugate “to think”; the difference between “they’re”, “there” and “their”; and why the Brits would say “loo” instead of “toilet”

It’s fiddly, mind-boggling and time-consuming work. Not to mention disheartening. 

Because by locking yourself away and concentrating on those pernickety details, you’re missing out on a vital part of the learning process: speaking

You see, there are two steps to learning a language:

1. Learning the theoretical ‘stuff’ – the vocabulary, the grammar and all those sneaky exceptions to the rule.

2. Learning how to take the theoretical ‘stuff’ and putting it into practice. 

If you learn English with Busuu, you won’t just be learning in theory. You won’t just be repeating what you hear, or memorising a long list of rules.

Thanks to Busuu’s Conversation feature, you’ll also get English conversation practice with native English speakers. 

Connecting you with Busuu’s friendly community of over 90 million users, you’ll have the opportunity to have conversations in English. You’ll produce sentences from scratch, and make friends from all over the world along the way.

How does Busuu’s ‘Conversation’ feature work?

Like what you’re hearing, but not sure how to get the speaking show on the road? 

Follow this step-by-step guide to get started:

1. Come up with a conversation-starter

In an exercise, you’ll be prompted to start a conversation in the language you’re learning. For example, you might be asked to describe your family, or talk about your holiday plans.

Create your ice-breaker by either recording your response (hold down the recording button for up to 30 seconds), or writing out your response in full. 

2. Send it out to our community

Go over your recording or message to check you’re happy, then upload it for a member of our community to review. 

Or, if you’ve already made a friend on Busuu, you can send it directly to them.

3. Receive feedback

Your friend or a new member of our awesome Busuu community (or your friend) will become your conversation partner; they’ll jump in and correct you, either talking or writing back.

4. Write a response back

Use the ‘Reply’ function to chat to your new-found friend by recording a response to your corrections.

5. Keep the conversation going

Keep shooting off written or spoken responses and before you know it, you’ll have a conversation going!


So how about it? Want to take your language learning to the next level and make friends around the world?


Kirsten is the Head of Education at Busuu. She is from the Scottish highlands, where she grew up. She studied philosophy at university in Edinburgh and then got a TEFL certificate and went to China to teach English. She has been learning languages online and creating digital learning courses around the world for 17 years and is about to start studying for an MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching at Oxford University. Outside of work, she is a yoga enthusiast and a keen gardener. She also loves spending time with her two border terriers!

7 COMMENTS

  1. That’s great I’m happy to hear about that. As soon as I can practice, I will give a try. Thanks to improve the way we are learning!

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